Boxer previously served 16 years for rape

Updated: July 28, 2004, 10:40 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO -- Boxer Tony Ayala, known as "El Torito," was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for violating terms of his probation.

State District Judge Maria Teresa Herr handed down the sentence to Ayala for speeding near Woodlawn Lake earlier this month and possessing drug paraphernalia. Ayala refused to submit to a drug test.

Ayala, 41, was on probation from a 2001 conviction for burglary with intent to commit aggravated assault after he broke into a San Antonio home. He was shot once in the shoulder during the incident.

"We're really despondent," Jimmy Parks, the boxer's attorney, said in a story in Wednesday's online edition of the San Antonio Express-News. "We're really down about what happened. The probation conditions he faced were more onerous than they would have been for anybody else."

The boxer has had several other brushes with the law since returning to San Antonio in 1999 after serving a 16-year prison sentence in New Jersey on a rape conviction. He had a promising boxing career before he entered jail at age 20, and he resumed the sport again with mixed results after his release.

In December 2002, he was jailed on accusations of assaulting a 14-year-old girl. A motion to revoke his probation was withdrawn after the girl admitted she lied.

In November 2003, Ayala was jailed again for speeding. At the time of the traffic stop, he had four outstanding traffic warrants.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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